El Pueblo Católico returns: A request from readers

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The directors of El Pueblo Católico, the archdiocesan Spanish newspaper, decided to change its name to Denver Catholic en Español after its 20th anniversary with the objective of unifying both of the archdiocesan newspapers — Spanish and English. Within the past year, we have improved upon our collaboration with the Denver Catholic staff, have a greater variety of editors, improved upon our quality and focused on writing more creative articles. However, some readers have mentioned that they connected better with El Pueblo Católico (the name). For that reason, at the end of April, we held a meeting with a committee that included some Hispanic ministry leaders and committed lay people. The idea of returning to the name El Pueblo Católico was raised and they, in a unanimous decision, supported the name change.

El Pueblo Católico returns with a more varied content, new writers, higher quality graphic resources and also more local activities, news and articles. We will have a greater presence in parishes and ecclesial movements of the Metro area. Readers are our reason for being and therefore we ask them to support us by sharing feedback, suggesting topics and sharing stories so that El Pueblo Católico can respond to Christ’s call to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt, 28, 19 – 20)

COMING UP: Colorado Catholic bishops remember Columbine on 20th anniversary

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Colorado’s bishops have issued a joint statement recognizing the 20th anniversary of the April 20, 1999 shooting at Columbine High School that claimed the lives of 12 students and one teacher. The full statement can be read below.

This week we remember the horrific tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School 20 years ago. In life there are days that will never be forgotten; seared in our minds and
on our hearts forever – for many of us in Colorado that day was April 20, 1999.

As we mark this solemn anniversary with prayer, remembrance and service let us not forget that there is still much work to be done. Violence in our homes, schools and cities is destroying the lives, dignity and hope of our brothers and sisters every day. Together, as people of good
will, we must confront this culture of violence with love, working to rebuild and support family life. We must commit ourselves to working together to encourage a culture of life and peace.

Nothing we do or say will bring back the lives and innocence that were lost 20 years ago. Let us take this moment to remember the gift of the lives of those we lost, and let us, as men and women of faith, take back our communities from the fear and evil that come from violence like we witnessed at Columbine. Our faith in Jesus Christ provides us with the hope and values that
can bring peace, respect and dignity to our homes, hearts and communities.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Columbine community and all those affected by violence
in our communities.